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Orrin Checkmate Hudson owes his success in life to a teacher. James Edge, a white teacher in an all-black high school, realized Orrin's potential. Orrin's early life was difficult being the 7th sibling of thirteen. He was in and out of foster homes and involved in petty crime, but James Edge sat him down and showed him his actions had consequences. Mr. Edge taught Orrin how to play chess and win in life. Voted “Most Likely to Succeed” and “Outstanding Student” in his senior year, Orrin stepped into the world and began to exceed those early predictions.
When Orrin made the move to develop his personal greatness, life took on a new meaning. As an adult, he served in the United States Air Force and then as an Alabama State Trooper for six years, developing the discipline needed to be a winner. He later owned and operated a car lot, succeeding once again as a business and community leader. Being the best continued to be a large part of Orrin's personal developmental strategy. He is a two-time World Open speed chess winner and has pass alone his insight to over 25,000 students his goal is 1 million!
Orrin began to teach others how to think strategically, plan effectively and build self-confidence using chess as his vehicle. Remembering how Abraham Lincoln's mother's advice, “be someone” had helped Lincoln aspire to the White House. Hudson used that simple, yet monumental concept to his fullest advantage naming his non- profit organization “Be Someone, Inc”. Focusing his talents on children, he began teaching others to ‘Be Someone' through his award winning, highly effective and much lauded presentations.
A dynamic motivational speaker, Orrin extols the time-tested strategies of chess as a metaphor for the game of life.
The Author of “One Move At A Time”, Orrin is the subject of numerous news national articles and television interviews, including such national coverage as Good Morning America, CNN, CBS Early Morning Show, CNN Headline News, and CNN American Stories, The Word Network, People Magazine, USA Today , Sports Illustrated for Kids and Time Magazine for Kids. Noted for sharing a winning mindset that enables his students and audiences to believe in themselves, he continues to attract community service awards, having won some of the most prestigious in the educational arena including the national 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Award.
Orrin Checkmate Hudson,Speaker & Master Strategist & Motivator
949 Stephenson Road
Stone Mountain , GA 30087